Tag Archives: health

Mental Health Awareness Week – Niki’s story

Niki Shaw, Adult Social Care Strategic Manager at Somerset County Council, shares her story about harrowing events that shaped her lockdown, the anxiety that came with it and the methods she used to cope with it: Let’s be honest – 2020 wasn’t great, was it? For any of us. I remember standing around a glowing, […]

Somerset Coronavirus reflection page

This page is a permanent memorial and place of reflection dedicated to everyone we have lost to Coronavirus. We honour their memory – they will forever be with us in the hearts of those they left behind. Feel free to share your photos, stories, names or to reflect on your experiences through the Coronavirus pandemic. […]

Additional community pharmacy sites to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

This week, two more pharmacies in Somerset, will start to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to those in the highest priority groups as part of a national drive to protect the public from the virus and accelerate the roll out of the local vaccination programme. The new sites include Boots pharmacy, in Taunton who will provide […]

Arc’s GP Surgery Launch for local homeless community

Local homeless charity Arc are pleased to announce a new local provision, enabling homeless individuals and rough sleepers to access health care. Arc support around 200 people on any one night across Taunton, Sedgemoor and West Somerset, providing accommodation in their 15 properties. One of these properties is Lindley House, a 56-bed direct access hostel […]

Areas identified for further improvements to support Cycling and Walking in Somerset

More permanent measures are planned across Somerset to install further, more permanent schemes to cement cycling and walking habits. In a bid to secure the second tranche of funding from The Department for Transport’s £250m emergency active travel fund*, The Active Travel Group has worked together and taken onboard community feedback to identify opportunities for […]

Parent hacks – digital toolkit launched to help Somerset parents

A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]

Local Community comes together to make our streets safer

Local Community comes together to make our streets safer The Bridgwater Way has been busy working with people who live in Stockmoor and Wilstock Village to help make their streets safer. Together they created a “Community Street Audit” with the aim of seeing how local people viewed the quality of streets and open spaces in […]

Nearly seven thousand Health Checks and counting!

Nearly 7,000 people benefitted from free health checks for the over 40s last year thanks to the service delivered for Somerset County Council and the NHS. And the checks will continue this year, giving anyone over 40 with the chance to have a free check-up every five years, helping identify those at higher risk of […]

Key Bridgwater cycle link set to complete this week

Key road works, including improvements to walking and cycling routes in Bridgwater are set to finish in their entirety this week, with the one way system ending ahead of schedule. The works included County Council schemes to improve cycle and footways between the Wylds Rd/The Drove junction and the A39 Bath Road, and improve the […]

Think self-care for minor illness or ailments

Somerset’s urgent and emergency health services continue to be under pressure due to the severe weather conditions and are prioritising support to the most urgent and seriously ill people today. Members of the public are asked not to telephone the 999-ambulance service unless they or a family member are experiencing a serious, life-threatening emergency. Yesterday […]